It’s been a long time since we heard anything new on the dreaded remake of The Crow, but news has arisen this week that the remake is still on, and production is expected to begin next year.
Last we heard it was going to be a shot for shot remake of Alex Proyas’ classic 1994 feature that starred Brandon Lee as Eric Draven, but there was also news last year that The Crow author James O’Barr had been brought on as a consultant on the remake. He was due to attend ComicCon in 2013 with director F. Javier Gutierrez (Before the Fall) to quiz fans on their thoughts for the remake. As far as i am aware it didn’t happen, but the gesture was there.
I am guessing that Gutierrez is still attached as director as there has been nothing new to report for over a year, but sadly there is still no actor to play Eric Draven. Names like Bradley Cooper, Luke Evans, Tom Hiddleston, James McAvoy and even Mark Wahlberg have all been and gone, so even with no star attached, producer Ed Pressman (The Crow, American Psycho) is confident the film will begin production next spring.
While attending the International Showbiz Expo in Abu Dhabi, Pressman confirmed to THR that no star was yet attached, but spoke about the film, calling it “the anti Spider-Man”. He went on to say that production is expected to begin next year.
He also revealed part of the reasons for creating the remake in the first place, stating “It still has a big fan base even though it was so long ago,” he said. “But the generation today doesn’t even know The Crow.”
He does have a point that there are probably many film fans out there who have never witnessed the brilliance of The Crow, and a remake could get people wanting to see the classic original.
He also explained that lots of the story was not told in the original film, telling THR the remake would offer “a lot of the parts of the story that were never really told,”
I guess we will have an update on this remake in about a years time…
Here is the synopsis for the original film:
A poetic guitarist Eric Draven is brought back to life by a crow a year after he and his fiancée are murdered. The crow guides him through the land of the living, and leads him to his killers: knife thrower Tin-tin, drugetic Funboy, car buff T-Bird, and the unsophisticated Skank. One by one, Eric gives these thugs a taste of their own medicine. However their leader Top-Dollar, a world-class crime lord who will dispatch his enemies with a Japanese sword and joke about it later, will soon learn the legend of the crow and the secret to the vigilante’s invincibility.